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Old 12-06-2012, 08:26 AM   #31
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I'm just guessing here but, they are either camping in really cold climates or they are "boon docking" (primitive camping) without electricity available. Deb
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This. Most of my camping is off the grid in cooler temperatures. I haven't even had the opportunity to test the heat pump yet.

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #32
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Great info about the heat pump!

Thanks for sharing,

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #33
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On my unit the u it will cycle on, compressor will run for about 30 secs, then compressor shuts off below 38. Fan keeps running.

If forecast is below 38 for the night the ceramic heater gets switched in before bed.
On our trip to the panhandle of Florida last December, we had a similar experience.

We had the heat pump on and went to bed, not knowing that the temp was to dip below 40 that night. We woke up around 2am absolutely freezing! The compressor had shut off but the fan kept running, blowing that cold air around. Gary got up (bless his heart) and flipped off the heat pump then turned on an electric heater that we fortunately had taken with us. In a short amount of time it got nice and toasty.

We kept an eye on the forecast for overnight lows from then on.

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #34
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I've used the ceramic heater and also left the circulating fan of the cool cat on. It was nice. Helped keep the temp even and drowned out any noise from the early risers
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:36 PM   #35
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I've used the ceramic heater and also left the circulating fan of the cool cat on. It was nice. Helped keep the temp even and drowned out any noise from the early risers
Hum, I need to think about this for a minute...let's talk it through:
What if there were a thermostat on the electric heater. Could you run them both at the same time, with the electric heater thermostat set low enough to come on if it got too cold for the heat pump to heat?

Not trying to be lazy, but sometimes there isn't any TV or radio signal for a weather forecast.
Also, sometimes you miss the report altogether or the weatherman is just wrong.

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That's actually a good idea. If you can dial in the right setting for tie ceramic heater then you'd be golden.

I'd say find a setting for the heat pump about 8-10 degrees above what you have your ceramic heater set in. When the heat pump fires up and it's too cold, the fan keeps running and a few degrees drop later the ceramic heater kicks in and you are good till the morning.

Nice. Ill have to try that out next spring or fall.
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As an alternative to the camper's NG heater, I purchased this ceramic heater at Lowes when they closed them out after last winter. It's a great way to heat the camper and save gas if you have electricity. It's very quiet too.

Shop Lasko 2-Heat Ceramic Tower Electric Space Heater with Remote Control at Lowes.com

This is what I use all winter....in my house, keep the home thermostat at 60, and keep this little Rosewill heater at my feet where i spend most of my time, the counter in my kitchen with my computer, tv and fridge next to me Will take it with me in my A122

Newegg.com - Rosewill R-HT-001 Quick Heat Ceramic Heater with safety tip over switch
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On our trip to the panhandle of Florida last December, we had a similar experience.

We had the heat pump on and went to bed, not knowing that the temp was to dip below 40 that night. We woke up around 2am absolutely freezing! The compressor had shut off but the fan kept running, blowing that cold air around. Gary got up (bless his heart) and flipped off the heat pump then turned on an electric heater that we fortunately had taken with us. In a short amount of time it got nice and toasty.

We kept an eye on the forecast for overnight lows from then on.

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Deb, I was thinking of doing some camping on my trip coming up in the panhandle, the state parks there seem to have more sites available for this winter than further south........may I ask where you like to camp there ?

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Deb, I was thinking of doing some camping on my trip coming up in the panhandle, the state parks there seem to have more sites available for this winter than further south........may I ask where you like to camp there ?

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We stayed at two along the panhandle:
Ochlockonee River State Park (south of Tallahassee) and Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, FL

Both were nice, reasonably priced with decent enough bath houses.

At Big Lagoon we watched several TV stations using rabbit ears. The rabbit ear reception though at Ochlockonee River SP was pretty sketchy.

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hey deb, just picked up my a122, my toyota towed it nicely, they spent like two hours with me at the rv dealership goin over every inch of it, so much to remember, but, i understood most everything when they said it, ha, lots to learn, and read !

wanted to set it up when i got home, but, it was dark, and cold, so, will do that tomorrow ! thanks for the two park tips, i will check them out when i get a chance! will post pics tomorrow if i have time and remember
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